Brisbane Comedy Festival turns ten next year. Happy Birthday, BCF! Already keen to get to it, the festival has released its preliminary programme for the month-long party.
From the end of February until the end of March, Brisbanites can revisit favourite national and international acts and dip their toes into new areas. A whopping 75 talents are showcasing in next year's programme.
Charlie Pickering will play host at the Opening Gala – his only festival performance. Much loved international entertainers include names like English comedians Ross Noble, Jeff Green and Rod Kemp; Scotsmen Danny Bhoy, Daniel Sloss and Larry Dean; Canadian DeAnne Smith; New Zealander Paul Williams; and Venezuelan Ivan Aristeguieta.
Also joining them are Australian ex-pats Ronny Chieng and Felicity Ward, who will happily return home from the States and UK for the show. National treasures Nazeem Hussain and Tom Ballard (RIP 'Tonightly') will be joined by other natives like Dave Hughes, Tim Ferguson, Lawrence Mooney, Mel Buttle, Damien Power and Becky Lucas.
In addition to the stand up shows, Brisbane Comedy Festival is including a horde of stage shows by talented groups Frocking Hilarious, Queerstories, Lady Sings It Better, and S..t-Faced Shakespeare – one of those earlier mentioned talents making their Brisbane debut.
For the ankle biters and pre-teens, the festival has included a run of family-friendly shows celebrating the very best of childhood, e.g. class clowns and fart jokes. Look out for 'The Campfire', 'Whimpy Chimpy', 'Mr Snot Bottom’s Stinky Silly Show', 'The World According To Farts & Other Extraordinary Sounds Of The Human Body', and 'Class Clowns'.
These shows need to be praised just for their names alone.
Brisbane Powerhouse Artistic Director Kris Stewart has made the pun of a lifetime, calling the packed programme of stand-up, sketch, improvisation and cabaret a great excuse for Brisbane to “get skit-faced”.
“Brisbane Comedy Festival hits the big one-oh, and just like any pre-teen is growing up before our very eyes,” Kris says. “This year, we’re spreading the laughs far and wide and showing our unashamedly immature colours with a programme just for families.
“We think kids’ comedy is awesome and know even adults will get a laugh out of the weird, wonderful and ridiculous shows we have planned.”
Brisbane Comedy Festival Line-Up
Charlie PickeringRoss NobleFelicity Ward Danny Bhoy Damien Power Tim Ferguson Ronny Chieng Mel ButtleNazeem Hussain Dave Hughes Luke Heggie Jan van de StoolLawrence Mooney DeAnne Smith Dave Thornton Demi Lardner Corey White Daniel Sloss Scared Weird Little GuysPaul Foot Becky Lucas Tommy Little Aaron Chen Danielle Walker Sam Campbell Paul Williams Tom BallardNick Cody Tom Walker Garry Starr Greg Larsen Sam Taunton Simon Taylor Larry Dean Nath Valvo Alex Ward Rhys Nicholson Jeff Green Georgie Carroll Neel Kolhatkar Nikki Osborne Ivan Aristeguieta Guy Montgomery Charity Werk Michael Shafar Rob KempDusty Rich Tahir Tim Hewitt Steph Tisdell Matt Stewart Gillian English Tom Cashman Cameron James Angella Dravid Zack Dyer Ciaran Lyons Double Denim Raven On #firstworldwhitegirls The Stevenson Experience ImproMafia S..t-Faced Shakespeare
Brisbane Comedy Festival runs from 22 February-24 March 2019.